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Comparing Website Solutions
On 26 March 2018, Adobe announced the end of life of an incredible product - Adobe Business Catalyst (formerly know as Business Catalyst before it was acquired by Adobe in 2009).
This was a product I used and recommended to most of my clients.
This event had obviously created a need to research and find the best alternative solution, and I am privileged to be part of an incredibly strong and unbelievably clever community of practice which shared the load in researching available solutions.
One member of our community, took it upon herself to not only create a spreadsheet of alternative platforms, but to invite the head owners of these platforms to 'pitch' their solutions to a very interested audience. Actually, we were more of an interview panel !
Given I had been very happy with Business Catalyst, it had been some time since I reviewed alternatives, and I was blown away by the sheer range of alternatives. How would I ever be able to make such an important decision. Migrating 70 client websites was going to be quite a task, so I wanted to make the right decision.
Criteria, Apples and Oranges
I had to let go of the idea that we could compare apples with apples. There were simply too many nuances which could make one solution on the face of it better, only to dig a little deeper and see that all is not as it seems. I also had to prioritise criteria into Essential, Desirable and Nice.